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wera
16 Nov 17, 09:44
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In Soviet Russia, football plays you.


The World Cup starts on 14th June 2018.

These are the teams that will be going to Russia.

AFC (5)
Australia
Iran
Japan
Saudi Arabia
South Korea
CAF (5)
Egypt
Morocco
Nigeria
Senegal
Tunisia
CONCACAF (3)
Costa Rica
Mexico
Panama
CONMEBOL (5)
Argentina
Brazil
Colombia
Peru
Uruguay
OFC (0)
None qualified
UEFA (14)
Belgium
Croatia
Denmark
England
France
Germany
Iceland
Poland
Portugal
Russia (hosts)
Serbia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland



Pot 1
Russia (hosts)
Germany
Brazil
Portugal
Argentina
Belgium
Poland
France

Pot 2
Spain
Peru
Switzerland
England
Colombia
Mexico
Uruguay
Croatia

Pot 3
Denmark
Iceland
Costa Rica
Sweden
Tunisia
Egypt
Senegal
Iran

Pot 4
Serbia
Nigeria
Australia
Japan
Morocco
Panama
South Korea
Saudi Arabia

firmino
16 Nov 17, 10:30
i feel so very maltese right now.

J..
16 Nov 17, 11:13
UEFA (14)
Belgium
Croatia
Denmark
England
France
Germany
Iceland
Poland
Portugal
Russia (hosts)
Serbia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland

Scandinavia is well represented.

M.Adnan
16 Nov 17, 12:37
Strange to see Panama in the WC while Italy is out. But to be fair, I'm pretty sure that Ventura would still get knocked out by Panama.

Big Willy
16 Nov 17, 13:03
Grande Peru :proud:

crzdcolombian
16 Nov 17, 14:01
Grande Peru :proud:

How they finished 7th place and qualified on some horse shit!! On a side note Andy Polo the former Inter legend is on their team :)

Chile fkd themselves and Paraguay super hard in the ass by Sueing Bolivia for points for using a Argie player. Chile tie Bolivia. Peru lost. So Chile got +2 points + 3 goals. Peru got +6 points + 3 goals. That is why they finished ahead of those two teams.

Peru is def the weakest team in pot 2.

Besnik
16 Nov 17, 14:05
I have watched only one game of Peru and that was against Argentina in the qualifiers, they played a great game though. Very nice passing and quick counter-attacking football with Guerrero upfront.

They can be the weakest team in paper but at least they play great football as far as I have seen.

Efrain21C
17 Nov 17, 01:22
Strange to see Panama in the WC while Italy is out. But to be fair, I'm pretty sure that Ventura would still get knocked out by Panama.

Well, we did our job, lol

Tombatu
17 Nov 17, 04:42
I want to see Brazil, Spain, Denmark, and Australia in one group or maybe just watch 2006 WC again and again.

Wings
17 Nov 17, 05:45
It's a good thing that FIFA have decided they need to review the rankings system after they changed WC seeding to be based on those rankings.

Black Knight
17 Nov 17, 07:14
i feel so very maltese right now.

fite me irl

Niarc
17 Nov 17, 07:15
why spain in pot 2 and poland in pot 1?( no offense to poland)

firmino
17 Nov 17, 08:03
Any predictions? Imho it will be Spain for the second time in their history, not because they won 3-0 against Italy but because I think that all the drama regarding Catalogna will somehow make them kind of more focused, as if they have something to prove

monster09
17 Nov 17, 10:01
Any predictions? Imho it will be Spain again, not because they won 3-0 against Italy but because I think that all the drama regarding Catalogna will somehow make them kind of more focused, as if they have something to prove

Spain also have fantastic team. Isco is a first team player for Madrid, so is Morata for Chelsea. They have proper 9 who is focused on football rather than winding up CBs. Isco, Busquets, Thiago, David Silva is like cheating, near impossible to get the ball from them.

J..
17 Nov 17, 10:37
It's a good thing that FIFA have decided they need to review the rankings system after they changed WC seeding to be based on those rankings.

Haha yeah.

Talking about the rankings. Denmark was ranked 51 back in June but will now be ranked 12 next month. The system is absolutely rubbish as it shouldn't be possible to move up 39 spots within 6 months.

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Any predictions? Imho it will be Spain again, not because they won 3-0 against Italy but because I think that all the drama regarding Catalogna will somehow make them kind of more focused, as if they have something to prove

Argentina has not played well at all in the qualifications but I think they will do surprisingly well under the leadership of Sampaoli.

ElDiego22
17 Nov 17, 11:35
No Italy, No Holland, No Chile, No Algeria.

This World Cup is gonna suck hard.

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Germany will win this easily. The host nation is fucking useless, Messi will go missing again and despite being the closest challengers, Brazil will fall short.

Ed.
17 Nov 17, 14:15
Well, one of the finalist will be Brazil, Croatia, Portugal, Uruguay.

crzdcolombian
17 Nov 17, 14:55
Well, one of the finalist will be Brazil, Croatia, Portugal, Uruguay.

Haha Uruguay to me isn’t that great. Portugal is garbage.

Croatia tho to me is the dark horse their team def looks nasty.

Brazil or Germany will win this cup easily.

Candreva Crosses
17 Nov 17, 15:34
Hope Ronaldo wins it all. #fuckmessi#fuckbarca#fuckpep

crzdcolombian
17 Nov 17, 15:41
Hope Ronaldo wins it all. #fuckmessi#fuckbarca#fuckpep

Germany going to tie up with Brazil with 5 cups. They destroyed all the confederation champs with a B/C team last summer. Don’t see anyone stopping them. Would be awesome to see a new team win the cup. Obviously want Colombia to win but they play like hot garbage. All South American teams minus Brazil are shit right now and the games are in Europe so I count the other 4 out haha.

Croatia squad looks pretty sick. Think Spain, France and Portugal are pretty over rated.

Adriano@10
17 Nov 17, 17:33
France overrated? On paper they are easily amongst the best teams in the next world cup i would even argue that they are up there with the germans and Brazil!!
Than again they usualy fuck themselves with some internal suaq trouble BS.

Candreva Crosses
17 Nov 17, 18:03
Germany going to tie up with Brazil with 5 cups. They destroyed all the confederation champs with a B/C team last summer. Donít see anyone stopping them. Would be awesome to see a new team win the cup. Obviously want Colombia to win but they play like hot garbage. All South American teams minus Brazil are shit right now and the games are in Europe so I count the other 4 out haha.

Croatia squad looks pretty sick. Think Spain, France and Portugal are pretty over rated.

C'mon non of those teams are overrated. For a team to be overrated you actually need to rate them high, I don't think anyone rates Portugal high even though they won 2016. I don't see Spain or France being overrated they are both pretty solid teams.

crzdcolombian
17 Nov 17, 18:55
C'mon non of those teams are overrated. For a team to be overrated you actually need to rate them high, I don't think anyone rates Portugal high even though they won 2016. I don't see Spain or France being overrated they are both pretty solid teams.

From what I seen not impressed

2-2 tie last min goal against Colombia in Spain. Brazil is a lot a lot lot lot better then Colombia. Plus have a better winning mentality

Portugal didn’t impress me at all against Mexico, US or Chile. Every South American team is better then these 3.

Not that I think Spain or France suck. They just aren’t up there with brazil or Germany to me.

Just think the level between teams is a huge huge gap

JJM
17 Nov 17, 19:04
favs: Germany,France,Brazil,Argentina...surprises:Belgiu m,Croatia(nah...dat df is shaky af),Uruguay...i see Portugal sucking baws here,England with another epic fail tbh

crzdcolombian
17 Nov 17, 22:21
favs: Germany,France,Brazil,Argentina...surprises:Belgiu m,Croatia(nah...dat df is shaky af),Uruguay...i see Portugal sucking baws here,England with another epic fail tbh

Have any of you watched Argentina play? They New Zealand level bad when they are bad and maybe as good as Panama when they are good.

brehme1989
17 Nov 17, 22:37
I'm gonna wait on the groups to form but let's see

On paper the top 5 favourites are Germany, France, Spain, Argentina and Brazil. The three European teams seem stronger and more deep so they have the edge. Belgium also has a very interesting team and has an outside chance while there are some nice teams yet with almost zero chances of winning but some chances of going to the last 4 if the draw is favourable enough and they avoid most of the big teams. Colombia, Uruguay, Mexico, Portugal, Croatia, Poland and even England come to mind. It's something that's been happening since 1994 at least. 94: Sweden/Bulgaria, 98: Croatia. 2002: Turkey/Korea(corrupt though). 2006: Portugal to an extent (could argue they were 7th favorites, dont remember the odds now, but Germany, France, Italy, Brazil, Argentina and the Netherlands were probably considered better. 2010: Uruguay, 2014: arguably the Netherlands.

I'm expecting Serbia, Russia and one of the three northern African teams (Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia) to do better than expected. That basically means last 16 for Serbia and the N. African team and last 8 for Russia.

But without the draw and the finalized rosters it's too hard to speculate.

crzdcolombian
17 Nov 17, 23:09
Belgium is not better then Mexico, Colombia or Uruguay. Them
Having more guys in England doesn’t make them
A better team

Ed.
18 Nov 17, 03:40
Haha Uruguay to me isnít that great. Portugal is garbage.

Croatia tho to me is the dark horse their team def looks nasty.

Brazil or Germany will win this cup easily.

All of those teams have at least 1 inter player, hence one of them will reach final.

Candreva Crosses
18 Nov 17, 03:40
Mexico better than Belgium :lol:

America
18 Nov 17, 04:23
Brazil and Germany are the only candidates this year. I expect Brazil more than Germany, but still.

I'm hoping for a deep run from Argentina and Mexico.

wera
18 Nov 17, 14:28
Brazil and Germany are the only candidates this year. I expect Brazil more than Germany, but still.

I'm hoping for a deep run from Argentina and Mexico.

It is very hard to say, there ain't a NT team right now that is in real World Cup form except for Brazil. Portugal, Uruguay, Argentina (depends on the roster they will have), Spain, Germany, Belgium and France are all plausible contenders.

I believe it will be amazing to see a revamped Spain team, the many talents of France and probably the last chance for CR7 to win the WC.

Hopefully dark horse like Croatia, Denmark and Belgium have the best possible WC. I'll be cheering for them.

Armes
19 Nov 17, 00:37
Brazil yeah, if they can do that shit they did in qualifications with European teams that is.
Why exactly is Germany so pop here? Because they won it 4 years ago?

Javier'sSon
19 Nov 17, 13:41
Because it's Germany, they are always contenders.

There's a saying about them: "A bad German team will reach the finals of the World Cup, a good one will win it".

firmino
19 Nov 17, 14:57
Gary Lineker said: "Football is a simple game: 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win".

Ed.
19 Nov 17, 15:03
Brazil yeah, if they can do that shit they did in qualifications with European teams that is.
Why exactly is Germany so pop here? Because they won it 4 years ago?

Because in the last 4 World Cup they always reached semi final at least.

But, the fun fact is.. Germany always struggled in the following world cup after they won it.

J..
22 Nov 17, 19:00
Talking about Brazil and Germany then don't forget http://multifiles.pressherald.com/uploads/sites/2/2014/07/309569_APTOPIX-Brazil-Soccer-WC20.jpg

brehme1989
22 Nov 17, 20:25
That was a really bizarre game. Too many gifts by David Luiz, Fernandinho and I remember also Julio Cesar making a parry that rebounded for a goal. But you shouldn't expect Brazil with Fred, Hulk and Dante to beat Germany. Nonetheless, the game didn't merit that scoreline. Similar to our thrashing by Milan with freaking Commandini... Disappointed, wanted Brazil vs Argentina that year, would have been epic.

Brazi's team looks more serious now.

wera
23 Nov 17, 08:18
Brehme ofc forgets that Neymar was the lucky charm. Brazil looked pretty good until that Neymar injury. Against Germany, they already looked defeated from the start.

brehme1989
23 Nov 17, 08:43
Brehme ofc forgets that Neymar was the lucky charm. Brazil looked pretty good until that Neymar injury. Against Germany, they already looked defeated from the start.

Of course I recall Neymar's influence. But the team was shaky to begin with. Shaky against Croatia, couldn't beat Mexico and only beaten Cameroon who lost to everyone. The Chile game had the wrong winner. Their only big performance was against Colombia in the last 8. It's not just the results but the way they came. But I'm not gonna lie and say that there were much better teams. It wasn't a World Cup to remember, most teams got marginal victories (eg Germany-Algeria, Argentina vs everyone, the Dutch and their penalties. But these teams sort of dominated their games. Brazil relied on Neymar and to some extent on Oscar to make something. They had like 4-5 players in the lineup that didn't deserve that shirt.
Iirc France and Colombia looked like the most dangerous teams until the quarters. Like in 2010 with Spain who struggled against almost everyone, Germany wasn't really good (apart from the heavy beating of Portugal) until that semi.

Sassuolu
28 Nov 17, 06:35
If I recall correctly that Brazil side had one good performance against Colombia for the rest of the tournament their weaknesses were really evident and those favours from referees really helped them progress.

crzdcolombian
30 Nov 17, 22:15
If I recall correctly that Brazil side had one good performance against Colombia for the rest of the tournament their weaknesses were really evident and those favours from referees really helped them progress.

By good you mean they were allowed to foul and not get called? Thiago Silva charged the Colombian goalie didn’t get red carded. Games like that make me laugh when fans of “historical” teams cry when they get plays not called their way

CoolMan44
01 Dec 17, 14:06
From what I recall, Thiago Silva just delayed the gk clearing the ball quickly and not charging him. I've never seen a red card given for that. The Zuniga challenge though could've been red.

firmino
01 Dec 17, 15:26
no live show on fifa.com?

crzdcolombian
01 Dec 17, 15:46
From what I recall, Thiago Silva just delayed the gk clearing the ball quickly and not charging him. I've never seen a red card given for that. The Zuniga challenge though could've been red.

By that point the game got super out of hand. The ref fkd Colombia. He also didn’t have the balls to give cards out till the game was out of hand. Surprised it didn’t end up worse. And for all the shit Zuniga got for doing a Sagat flying knee to the back to Neymar. That cunt with a “broken” spine was seen partying like 3 days later.

Nothing made me happier then the rape Germany gave them. They didn’t deserve to get that far

ElDiego22
01 Dec 17, 16:04
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DP-QmKiVAAEKrTB?format=jpg

_Ivan_
01 Dec 17, 16:09
England lucky as hell with their group. Croatia to toss the Nigeria to the ground, Argentina match should be interesting. Besides that match Por/Spain should be nice to watch, other groups meh. Gonna wait the knockouts

Ed.
01 Dec 17, 16:15
A good draw overall. Equal distribution between groups. Still would bet England will go home early though.

ADRossi
01 Dec 17, 16:35
Looks like Argentina drew the group of death

ElDiego22
01 Dec 17, 16:36
There are no real groups of death which sucks. There's gonna be a lot of low quality matches.

firmino
01 Dec 17, 16:38
this is a nice (pre-draw) illustration by bleacher report. i especially loved the parts behind: the 7-1, buffon, trump (who should be outside though), wenger out lol

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DP9_f2JXUAA_wuG.jpg

ElDiego22
01 Dec 17, 16:49
I'd definitely keep an eye on this group :awwyeah:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DP-W52EVwAAXAwF?format=jpg

crzdcolombian
01 Dec 17, 16:52
Big
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KDyxeC8730&feature=youtu.be

All Colombians after seeing our group! Belgium and England better wait their asses in the last 16!!

Disappointing WC. All the groups are pretty shitty canít believe they want more teams.

Only tough team is Argentinaís as any of the 4 can make it. Germanyís group is a little tough. Is Mexico or Sweden making it.


Every other group you can go so far as being who will be #1 and #2


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCLT2fWpHW4&feature=youtu.be

Javier'sSon
01 Dec 17, 16:53
How many times does Argentina draw Nigeria in world cups?!

crzdcolombian
01 Dec 17, 17:03
How many times does Argentina draw Nigeria in world cups?!

Argentina always seems to get fkd with group stages. Didn’t they have the group of death in 2002 and 2006?

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I'd definitely keep an eye on this group :awwyeah:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DP-W52EVwAAXAwF?format=jpg

Shit many that’s def a group of death !!

Ed.
01 Dec 17, 17:08
How many times does Argentina draw Nigeria in world cups?!

LOL. Exactly what I thought when Nigeria was drawn into the group.

They have seen each other 4x out of 5 WC that Nigeria has qualified for. They only missed each other in 1998.

wera
01 Dec 17, 17:29
Nigeria, Argentina and Croatia together is a sick group

Pharaoh
01 Dec 17, 18:03
Egypt got a not so bad draw. Although I suspect 100/100 times Russia is coming out topping that group.

firmino
01 Dec 17, 18:11
iirc only once the home team hasn't made it past the group stage, that was in south africa.

thatdude
01 Dec 17, 18:44
iirc only once the home team hasn't made it past the group stage, that was in south africa.

They did score a great goal though.

Pharaoh
01 Dec 17, 18:54
They did score a great goal though.

I remember, on opening night from like 10* yards out, that thing was a missile for the top right corner

Azul
01 Dec 17, 19:52
Portugal, Spain and Morocco are all neighbors and Iran has a Portuguese coach, interesting!


Enviado do meu iPhone usando o Tapatalk

JJM
01 Dec 17, 21:52
oh boy can't wait when Italy plays vs Slovenia...




:okay:

Fitzy
01 Dec 17, 22:00
I'm happy with Australia's group, especially after getting Spain, The Netherlands and Chile last time. It won't be easy, but there's no reason why they can't make it to the knockout rounds.

crzdcolombian
01 Dec 17, 23:10
Egypt got a not so bad draw. Although I suspect 100/100 times Russia is coming out topping that group.

In which of the infinite universes is Russia better then Uruguay?

firmino
01 Dec 17, 23:29
their women are hotter on average

crzdcolombian
01 Dec 17, 23:33
their women are hotter on average

Never seen a Uruguayan Woman. Tho Russian porn stars are amazing.... a bit too into anal haha.

crzdcolombian
02 Dec 17, 01:34
http://www.lanacion.com.ar/2087060-juga-con-el-simulador-del-mundial-rusia-2018-pronostica-quien-sera-el-campeon

Fun link to pick who will be champion. Have a all SA final 4 :)

firmino
02 Dec 17, 01:43
did it. i signed myself "firmino for portugal" (simply because my wild prediction is for a portugal win)

Quantum
02 Dec 17, 01:57
Had an on-line test on which World Cup team is better suited to my football taste. Tunisia was the answer.

Years of Inter mediocrity downgraded my views on football, apparently.

Omar
02 Dec 17, 10:53
I suspect (and support) France to win it ... Their team and play are amazing ...

Ed.
02 Dec 17, 11:27
Had an on-line test on which World Cup team is better suited to my football taste. Tunisia was the answer.

Years of Inter mediocrity downgraded my views on football, apparently.

So, being Brazilian doesn't make your football taste amazingly good. :brozo:

crzdcolombian
02 Dec 17, 13:06
I suspect (and support) France to win it ... Their team and play are amazing ...

Really hope it’s a new team. As long as Brazil, Germany or England don’t win I’m happy.

Would love it to be a South American team or even Mexico(but their fans are hella annoying). For Europe really like Croatia.

Do any African teams have a shot? They got good players but always seem to bitch about money when they get to the cup.

wera
02 Dec 17, 14:40
Nigeria has a good first 11.

ADRossi
02 Dec 17, 15:15
Had an on-line test on which World Cup team is better suited to my football taste. Tunisia was the answer.

Years of Inter mediocrity downgraded my views on football, apparently.

I did one of these and got Sweden :yao: Realistically, I'm going to adopt Belgium as my nation of choice.

wera
02 Dec 17, 18:01
If I really have to pick one

Most of my favourite players are Argies, like Zanetti, Veron, Milito, Messi - so I cheer for them


but I do believe this one is Brazils to lose.

crzdcolombian
03 Dec 17, 04:11
Nigeria has a good first 11.

Most teams have great starting 11s.... the teams that win have amazing 23+ players. Can't speak for every team but based on just South America. Colombia, Chile, Uruguay are as good or better then Argentina. Would say Brazil as well until they got their new coach and hit the god mode cheat. Our starting 11 any way. Any one of those 11 dudes gets subbed out and or injured and yea diff story. Argentina and Brazil have B/C/D/E/F/G teams almost as good as our starting line ups of the next 3 best teams in South America. Pretty sure its the same with Germany or Spain and then the rest of europe. Croatia and Poland seem to have sick clubs on paper but how about the bench.

Javier'sSon
03 Dec 17, 14:16
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DQIEQEXW0AEGD21.jpg:large

Sassuolu
05 Dec 17, 09:01
By good you mean they were allowed to foul and not get called? Thiago Silva charged the Colombian goalie didnít get red carded. Games like that make me laugh when fans of ďhistoricalĒ teams cry when they get plays not called their way

Well at least you're not bitter about it. :lol:

But I understand being eliminated by bad refereeing in a tournament that happens every 4 years is terrible, Italians still complain about Korea.

crzdcolombian
05 Dec 17, 13:49
Well at least you're not bitter about it. :lol:

But I understand being eliminated by bad refereeing in a tournament that happens every 4 years is terrible, Italians still complain about Korea.

Dude it happens every tournie even qualifiers in 2006. Colombia didn’t qualify because we got robbed a goal that would have tied the game against Brazil in Brazil. They said our CB who scored was offside which was bullshit. He also scored against you guys in 2014 WC and was “offside” again

In 2014 WCQ Peru got screwed at Home by the ref openly against Uruguay!!!! They played so fking dirty they broke 2 Peruvian dudes faces and no cards!!! That’s why I hate Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil. You guys are also allowed to do fast plays and start free kicks when the play is stopped. Other teams try to do that trick “against” those teams and they have to restart....

Different set of rules for historic teams and other teams. Not saying Brazil isn’t the best in SA but prove that shit on the field with 11 men not with 14(refs)

Sassuolu
06 Dec 17, 07:00
Dude it happens every tournie even qualifiers in 2006. Colombia didn’t qualify because we got robbed a goal that would have tied the game against Brazil in Brazil. They said our CB who scored was offside which was bullshit. He also scored against you guys in 2014 WC and was “offside” again

In 2014 WCQ Peru got screwed at Home by the ref openly against Uruguay!!!! They played so fking dirty they broke 2 Peruvian dudes faces and no cards!!! That’s why I hate Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil. You guys are also allowed to do fast plays and start free kicks when the play is stopped. Other teams try to do that trick “against” those teams and they have to restart....

Different set of rules for historic teams and other teams. Not saying Brazil isn’t the best in SA but prove that shit on the field with 11 men not with 14(refs)

:lol:

Skid Rock
06 Dec 17, 10:10
Hell I can't even talk about WC 2018 without getting bad shit crazy every single time since the Russian WC will actually my first opportunity to see a WC live, most likely the only opportunity to see a WC in the next 10 years, and Italy, my favorite NT (though living in Russia, I was born in Italy so I always rooted for gli Azzurri), chose not to qualify for the first time in like 60 years, for f*ck's sake!

And I don't even give a slightest shit about the Russian NT. I hope that it looses all its games cause it's absolute shite. Will definitely go see Uruguay vs Russia if the game is held in Moscow as Uruguay is my favorite South American NT, and hopefully I'll see some proper thrashing from Suarez & co.

Other than that, I have no idea who to support. Will probably go for Croatia. Always sympathized them, and this WC they will have a very strong team, potentially the strongest midfield, so they can go all the way down to the Semis. And of course, hoping for some impact from Epic Brozo and Ivan the Great.

BTW, my FIF fellas - if anybody's visiting Moscow for the WC - feel free to hit me up - I'll show you around the city with the greatest of pleasure.

Sassuolu
06 Dec 17, 10:42
Hell I can't even talk about WC 2018 without getting bad shit crazy every single time since the Russian WC will actually my first opportunity to see a WC live, most likely the only opportunity to see a WC in the next 10 years, and Italy, my favorite NT (though living in Russia, I was born in Italy so I always rooted for gli Azzurri), chose not to qualify for the first time in like 60 years, for f*ck's sake!

And I don't even give a slightest shit about the Russian NT. I hope that it looses all its games cause it's absolute shite. Will definitely go see Uruguay vs Russia if the game is held in Moscow as Uruguay is my favorite South American NT, and hopefully I'll see some proper thrashing from Suarez & co.

Other than that, I have no idea who to support. Will probably go for Croatia. Always sympathized them, and this WC they will have a very strong team, potentially the strongest midfield, so they can go all the way down to the Semis. And of course, hoping for some impact from Epic Brozo and Ivan the Great.

BTW, my FIF fellas - if anybody's visiting Moscow for the WC - feel free to hit me up - I'll show you around the city with the greatest of pleasure.

I usually cheer on the Inter players, I think Croatia will be representing us the most with two guys, right?

brehme1989
06 Dec 17, 11:37
I usually 'root' for a lot of teams. Meaning I want them to exceed expectations. But I'm typically very neutral. The Greek NT leaves me apathetic in the last decade given the 20+ year corruption of Greek football has infiltrated the NT in that time span.
I usually like Italy and have respect for Argentina (due to their fans) but the rest of the teams I like based on their players, selection, fans, history and coaching. For example I used to like Germany and Spain a lot in the 90s and early 2000s. Can't say I'd root for them anytime soon. I even liked England 15 years ago but then it got very annoying :D I can't say that I really rooted for Italy since 2008 either but I definitely preferred them over others.
In 2010 I wanted Ghana, Uruguay, Holland, Chile and Ivory Coast to do well. Wanted Holland to win.
In 2014 I wanted a Brazil-Argentina final and liked Colombia and Belgium. Wanted Uruguay and Bosnia to do well, too.

This time, I feel that I'll be sending Serbia and Croatia my love. I also expect to grow a fondness towards Russia during the tournament. I think Morocco will be my designated north African team. And I want Poland to do well. I'll be rooting for Argentina only if Icardi starts and their lineup is reasonable and not just a Messi accommodation. I expect Brazil and Belgium to go far but I'm not sure whether I'll be liking those teams. No way I root for Germany, Spain, England or France. France has my preference from the lot.

Sassuolu
06 Dec 17, 12:24
2010 was a terrible world cup if I recall correctly, 2014 was way more entertaining but the way Brazil went out was really anticlimatic. I'm just hoping for a final with goals this time around.

brehme1989
06 Dec 17, 13:31
2010 was a terrible world cup if I recall correctly, 2014 was way more entertaining but the way Brazil went out was really anticlimatic. I'm just hoping for a final with goals this time around.

The last great World Cup was 1998 imo. Too bad the whole Ronaldo situation made the final rather sour. Would argue that the last great Euro was back in 2000 as well. 2004 was our happy fluke, 2008 it wasn't really great, 2012 was bad and 2016 with 16 teams was rather bad, too. Sure, there were some nice moments in each of them, but these tournaments are supposed to be universally great. Those who witnessed the 1998 and 2000 definitely know what I'm talking about.


World Cup 2002 was relatively good and on paper it should have been great, but it also signalled the end of a football era and the beginning of this mega commercialisation with Asia and the USA becoming 'important'. The refereeing was terrible and it altered the tournament.

2006 was quite good but it lacked teams with great personalities. The semi finalists (Italy, France, Germany, Portugal) imo had the biggest personalities there that also performed on the pitch (Brazil was half-asleep and Argentina's team was weird with a heavy mixture of class players and average ones).

World Cup 2010 was dull. And the stupid vuvuzelas made everything much harder to experience. Okay, South Africa games could have as much annoying noise as they wanted, but not every freaking game... That was plain torture. Possibly the only tournament that'd be better without sound.
World Cup 2014 was also rather dull but it was interesting because of Brazil and the fans of the other Latin American teams. If Argentina didn't make the final (or past the quarters basically) I think everyone would say that it was worse than 2010.

I'd say we're due for a great World Cup after all these years but football has gone down the toilet in the last 15 years so I expect the tournament to continue being the mirror.

firmino
06 Dec 17, 13:33
2010 was unbearable, those vuvuzelas ruined for me every match

ElDiego22
06 Dec 17, 13:55
2006 WC has the best collection of players I can recall and also greatest troll moment in football history :trollol:

http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2006/07/zidanematerG100706_228x214.jpg

Sassuolu
06 Dec 17, 15:06
I loved the 1998 World Cup, was crazy for Ronaldo back then. I remember crying after the final and losing a tooth while eating a sandwich...

I was 8, the tooth grew back but the pain lives on.

Quantum
06 Dec 17, 15:42
Sadly, not too excited for the 2018 World Cup. Groups don't look very attractive, unless there's a 1998 Croatia-like surprise, we won't see any exciting action until the round of 16.

I also feel the quality of the game is being downgraded as a whole with the introduction of so many teams. 1998 managed to be an excellent World Cup with 32 teams, and though I did like 2014's edition, 2002 and 2006 were okay-ish at best, and 2010 looked like a Guantanamo torture method. We'll have 48 teams in 2022, I think, World Cup will suffer the same fate from the Euros, too many teams and too little relevant clashes.

firmino
06 Dec 17, 15:43
I loved the 1998 World Cup, was crazy for Ronaldo back then. I remember crying after the final and losing a tooth while eating a sandwich...

I was 8, the tooth grew back but the pain lives on.

ronaldo should not have played. in 1962 pelŤ had kind of recovered from his injury in time for the final but wasn't in great form and didn't play, brazil won. maybe france would have won anyway, but at least brazil would have played 11 vs 11.

Ronaldo
06 Dec 17, 15:49
The last great World Cup was 1998 imo. Too bad the whole Ronaldo situation made the final rather sour.

Then why don't you choose 2002 worlcup when Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos and most of all Ronaldo tore up all the opponents?

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I'll be rooting for Brazil, Germany and Iran.

brehme1989
06 Dec 17, 16:29
Then why don't you choose 2002 worlcup when Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos and most of all Ronaldo tore up all the opponents?

What do you mean? Why isolate that part?
I said about the 2002 tournament that it was quite good but the refereeing was terrible and they decided the clashes and the progression of some teams. Italy or Spain should have been in the Final, provided they'd defeat Germany (which I think they would, but Italy vs Spain in the quarters would have been 50-50).

Also people forget how that last 16 looked with Turkey crossing Japan and Senegal before playing Brazil. Turkey was very good in 2002 but not 3rd place good. Korea had a good side but even with a good draw they were a last 16 or last 8 team at best. The 2002 had very good group games but the rest of it wasn't as good. Only the Brazil related games were really worth it. 2002 should have been the last great one but FIFA and their refs decided against it.

ADRossi
06 Dec 17, 20:30
I haven't truly enjoyed a World Cup since 2006, but I'm not sure if that's because Italy suck or the football is just bad

Fapuccino
07 Dec 17, 03:19
I haven't truly enjoyed a World Cup since 2006, but I'm not sure if that's because Italy suck or the football is just bad

Modern players are tailor made for a few specific clubs. They're much more specialised. It's rare to find players that play just as well in club and country. Even with Messi and Ronaldo there is a clear dip, especially with Messi.

Back in the day players like Maradona, Cruyff, Zidane, etc... played equally well wherever they went.

Zoro
07 Dec 17, 07:11
I really enjoyed 2002 :challenge:

Sassuolu
07 Dec 17, 07:44
Sadly, not too excited for the 2018 World Cup. Groups don't look very attractive, unless there's a 1998 Croatia-like surprise, we won't see any exciting action until the round of 16.

I also feel the quality of the game is being downgraded as a whole with the introduction of so many teams. 1998 managed to be an excellent World Cup with 32 teams, and though I did like 2014's edition, 2002 and 2006 were okay-ish at best, and 2010 looked like a Guantanamo torture method. We'll have 48 teams in 2022, I think, World Cup will suffer the same fate from the Euros, too many teams and too little relevant clashes.

I don't really like surprises tbh, I'd like one small team to fight it's way through but then if we come to the semi finals and the top players are out of it I kind of lose interest. I know it's not the hipster approach but I would love to see a Messi vs Neymar final, not a Messi vs Ronaldo because Portugal aren't that great.

Ed.
07 Dec 17, 23:57
I was 8, the tooth grew back but the pain lives on.

You need to check the nerve root.

ElDiego22
08 Dec 17, 13:53
On 7 December 2017, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee decided, after analysing all the specific circumstances of the case, to suspend the Peruvian international player Paolo Guerrero for one year. The player tested positive for cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine, a substance included in WADA’s 2017 Prohibited List under the class “S6. Stimulants”, following a doping control test conducted after the match of the preliminary competition of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ played in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 5 October 2017.

By testing positive for a prohibited substance, the player has violated article 6 of the FIFA Anti-Doping Regulations and, as such, contravened article 63 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.

The suspension period starts on 3 November 2017, the date on which the player was provisionally suspended by the chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee. In line with article 29 of the FIFA Anti-Doping Regulations, the suspension covers, inter alia, all types of matches, including domestic, international, friendly and official fixtures. The terms of the decision were duly notified today.

From FIFA's official website.

Remiggio
24 Jan 18, 15:26
https://alphasportsbetting.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Aplha-infographics-01-1.jpg (https://alphasportsbetting.com/sports-betting-tactics/how-to-bet-on-the-world-cup-2018/)

ADRossi
08 Feb 18, 18:28
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nP8tMHIbrE0/WkS1Wdm3ExI/AAAAAAAAAW4/tLXQUFhzVvUq4NxdNEh20VjjTdWOx--5ACLcBGAs/s1600/FIfa-world-cup-2018-Fixtures-Wallchart.png

JJM
08 Feb 18, 19:50
where is Slov...oh yeah right...:alone::okay:go Ital...ooh shit right

rooting for the Slavic bro's here...Croatia and Serbia

crzdcolombian
14 Feb 18, 17:13
Good site for predictors
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/world-cup-2018-wallchart-predictor/

Germany and Brazil have a easy way to the last 8 potentially semi final

crzdcolombian
14 Feb 18, 22:59
Last 16
Colombia V England/Belgium
France V Argentina
Brazil v Germany
Uruguay v Spain
Poland V Belgium/England

Look the group stages are lame but the knockout round will be awesome !!!

J..
15 Feb 18, 14:33
Denmark vs Iceland in the last 16 would be great.

crzdcolombian
15 Apr 18, 18:39
Denmark vs Iceland in the last 16 would be great.

Peru beat both Iceland and Croatia. Wrecked them.....

I donít see how Denmark will top Peru. Also they are playing well better then Colombia is right now. Colombia schooled France in Paris. Neutral ground.

I thought Peru might be 2nd place in their group now think they might top it. They are a great cup team they just always been shit at qualifiers

Native
17 Apr 18, 10:25
Lmao this guy. Friendlies dude. When there's a WC at stake France will rape both Peru and Colombia with ease.

Peppino
17 Apr 18, 13:26
I think Belgium will beat England and I'll be praying that Tunisia pull off a shock against them. I want the English players sitting comfortably on that plane back home as quickly as possible :troll:.

I'm not sure the Belgians will be impressed with that wallchart which uses the French flag for their country :trollol:.

Moradinho
17 Apr 18, 13:34
Ill (Iranian) be going to Iran- Marocco in St Petersburg :) Any tips from fellow interisti about that city or Russia in general?

firmino
17 Apr 18, 14:55
lucky you. have fun! i only know one thing about that city and that part of russia: in the summer, the sundown is very late, so you can enjoy the 'white nights' dostojevski talks about in his novel of the same name.

in june and july, the sun never goes down more than 12 degrees below the horizon and because of the reflection of the clouds, it never gets really dark.

of course, this is a phenomenon common to cities at that latitude, but according to many the effect is particularly astounding in St Petersburg.

http://www.saint-petersburg.com/images/virtual-tour/whitenights.jpg

Moradinho
17 Apr 18, 15:02
lucky you. have fun! i only know one...

Thanks! That sounds good, I really like it when it's light for most part of the day. ( I guess that even has my preference over warm temperatures if I had to choose).
Only 'bad' luck is that while im there, there wont be any other games in St. Petersburg. One game is the day(or before we arrive) and the other being when we leave/day after. (staying there for a week).

But, just tasting the whole world cup experience and watching games on big tv's outside should be just as fun!

ADRossi
17 Apr 18, 16:52
Lmao this guy. Friendlies dude. When there's a WC at stake France will rape both Peru and Colombia with ease.

I'm not very optimistic about France...they've been struggling for a while now. Maybe they'll figure it out before June, but I won't be picking them to go very far.

Matt90
17 Apr 18, 22:55
They need to draft in Karamoh to have any shot :fuckyea:

Peppino
18 Apr 18, 18:46
They need to draft in Karamoh to have any shot :fuckyea:

Lol I noticed you liked my post and where you come from. All Celts hope for the same thing at a World Cup ;).

It's rugby... but the sentiment is the same :D :


https://youtu.be/NbvbQPq4LXk

Matt90
18 Apr 18, 19:25
Hadn't seen that before, what a great advert. I was 7 when Scotland were last in the World Cup so usually my prerogative for it is for England to get knocked out asap. The media just make them unbearable.

Adriano@10
18 Apr 18, 19:46
http://www.sportbible.com/football/foul-play-bear-hands-over-the-ball-in-russian-third-division-game-20180416?source=facebook

Wtf are they thinking when doing shit like that?

Matt90
18 Apr 18, 19:52
Incredible stupidity.

Feel bad for the bear really, what a beautiful animal.

Candreva Crosses
18 Apr 18, 23:03
http://www.sportbible.com/football/foul-play-bear-hands-over-the-ball-in-russian-third-division-game-20180416?source=facebook

Wtf are they thinking when doing shit like that?

That's fucking awesome.

Dylan
19 Apr 18, 02:46
Quitting my current job in a few weeks to find something I can do outside WC hours so I can watch all the games.


So far I've got professional gambler or hooker. I'm not ruling either out.

ADRossi
19 Apr 18, 02:51
Quitting my current job in a few weeks to find something I can do outside WC hours so I can watch all the games.


So far I've got professional gambler or hooker. I'm not ruling either out.

If you were savvy you'd become a hooker and gamble your earnings on the World Cup

Black Knight
19 Apr 18, 07:01
I'm sure there's a big demand for ginger male hookers :work:

Native
19 Apr 18, 17:52
I'm not very optimistic about France...they've been struggling for a while now. Maybe they'll figure it out before June, but I won't be picking them to go very far.
I hope you're right, cause boy would I despise seeing them lift the trophy.

crzdcolombian
21 Apr 18, 00:19
Lmao this guy. Friendlies dude. When there's a WC at stake France will rape both Peru and Colombia with ease.

In France !!! In Europe!!

Come play us in South America with 60,000 screaming Colombians and 100 degree weather

What Europeans donít under stand is because Croatia has 11 dudes in Italy, Germany, England Spain that they are automatically better. Or because France has 11 dudes at Arsenalís they are better

Only Euro team that worries me is Germany. They are the best team in the world everyone else is over rated

Native
21 Apr 18, 00:42
Same arguments I saw you post in 2014, we've seen the result.

Candreva Crosses
21 Apr 18, 00:53
In France !!! In Europe!!

Come play us in South America with 60,000 screaming Colombians and 100 degree weather

What Europeans donít under stand is because Croatia has 11 dudes in Italy, Germany, England Spain that they are automatically better. Or because France has 11 dudes at Arsenalís they are better

Only Euro team that worries me is Germany. They are the best team in the world everyone else is over rated

Are you fucking high? Europe teams are in general better than Americans. Just look at the past 20 years of WC, winners and runner-up. Last time the best team in South America got trashed with 7 goals.

crzdcolombian
22 Apr 18, 03:01
Are you fucking high? Europe teams are in general better than Americans. Just look at the past 20 years of WC, winners and runner-up. Last time the best team in South America got trashed with 7 goals.

The refs helped them against Croatia,Huge help against Mexico and last time I checked you can’t hit a goalie. Which Silva did to Ospina.they basically got handed a final 4 spots and paid greatly for it.

In 2014 the best SA team was Chile and by a lot then Colombia then Uruguay. Brazil and Argentina were trash. Just got insanely lucky. Argentina a joke route to the final and insane help from the refs by Brazil.

Native
25 Apr 18, 16:30
Right Crazed, at least you're honoring your name.

JJM
26 Apr 18, 22:24
https://scontent-frx5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/31390044_1766837903403632_3116401830158925824_n.jp g?_nc_cat=0&_nc_eui2=v1%3AAeErPhlKokw7KQjPeaOp2s5qeNiGTzFLb7ij uN-nsJKiD0PcJ-yJBJwd7zWu-8Ybp5owPh9T-YSl8TIzuqpgUQ_xKRHuA6vu5Au5Ytbe2hu1Qw&oh=17e1a72cfd5470513a1ff33bff194ce7&oe=5B668132
ANTI INTER ARGIE LAND...NO ICARDI OR MARTINEZ
GET FUCKED MORONS!

brehme1989
26 Apr 18, 22:55
That defence is probably going to get fucked unless Mascherano plays back and plays like a boss.

ADRossi
27 Apr 18, 12:49
Argentina's midfield and defense are both underwhelming.

El Matador
27 Apr 18, 19:23
I made a list the other day with my friends on the potential teams of the big teams in the world cup. It was just to get an idea on which of them looks the best on paper. Obviously the formation used and line ups aren't the right ones but they're just my predictions/opinion on what it will most likely look like.



Belgium

Lukaku
Hazard - Nainggolan - De Bruyne
Dembele - Witsel
Vertonghen - Alderweireld - Kompany - Munier
Courtois

Depth: Mertens, Batshuayi, Carrasco, Fellaini, Tielemans

Brazil

Jesus
Neymar - Coutinho - Willian
Casemiro - Paulinho
Marcelo - Miranda - Marquinhos - Alves
Allison

Depth: Firmino, Costa, Fernandinho, Sandro, Silva

Germany

Werner
Sane - Ozil - Muller
Kroos - Goretzka
Hector - Hummels - Boateng - Kimmich
Ter Stegen

Depth: Wagner, Reus, Draxler, Gundogan, Sule


Spain

Costa
Isco - Iniesta - Silva
Busquets - Thiago
Alba - Ramos - Pique - Carvajal
De Gea

Depth: Morata, Asensio, Saul, Koke, Azpilicueta

France

Griezmann
Payet - Pogba - Mbappe
Matuidi - Kante
Mendy - Umtiti - Varane - Sidibe
Lloris

Depth: Giroud, Dembele, Lemar, Thauvin, Rabiot (a lot more)

England

Kane
Rashford - Alli - Sterling
Henderson - Dier
Rose - Cahill - Stones - Walker
Pickford

Depth: Vardy, Walcott, Lingaard, Wilshere, Jones

Portugal

Ronaldo - A.Silva - B.Silva
Mario - Neves - A.Silva
Guerreiro - Fonte - Pepe - Cancelo
Patricio

Depth: Shit.

Argentina

Aguero
Di Maria - Banega - Messi
Biglia - Mascherano
Rojo - Otamendi - Fazio - Mercado
Romero

Depth: Higuain, Dybala/Icardi, Perotti, Lo Celso, Acuna

Uruguay

Suarez - Cavani
Pereiro - Torreira - Vecino - Ramirez
Laxalt - Godin - Gimenez - Caceres
Muslera

Peppino
28 Apr 18, 15:27
If, like me, you're one of those sad fucks who doesn't have a side at the World Cup, who will you be shouting for?

I'd like to see France win it then I would like to see Morocco, Tunisia and Mexico (I have no connection whatsoever with Mexico so I don't know why them) do well. I would love to see Mexico get it together one day and win the World Cup because it's a country which is insane about football. If a CONCACAF team is ever to win the World Cup, I hope it's them and not the USA where it would barely register.

Adriano@10
28 Apr 18, 15:41
If, like me, you're one of those sad fucks who doesn't have a side at the World Cup, who will you be shouting for?

I'd like to see France win it then I would like to see Morocco, Tunisia and Mexico (I have no connection whatsoever with Mexico so I don't know why them) do well. I would love to see Mexico get it together one day and win the World Cup because it's a country which is insane about football. If a CONCACAF team is ever to win the World Cup, I hope it's them and not the USA where it would barely register.

Would barely register? I can guarantee you that for one week every us citizen would be a soccer expert and they would brag how they beat everybody even though it s only their sport number 6/7(i guess)!
So that would be a true horror scenario!

Peppino
28 Apr 18, 15:55
Would barely register? I can guarantee you that for one week every us citizen would be a soccer expert and they would brag how they beat everybody even though it s only their sport number 6/7(i guess)!
So that would be a true horror scenario!

You just said basically what I said. "For one week". If Wales, where I'm from, or a similar country like Ireland won the World Cup, or the Rugby World Cup which we would both have a far better chance of doing, I guarantee you that every Welsh, or Irish, citizen would go on the beer for a year and a half.

Looking at CONCACAF, if the USA won the World Cup, as you say, they'd notice maybe for a week; if Mexico won it there wouldn't be enough fucking cacti in the whole country to make the amount of Mexcal and Tequila that country's citizens would consume.

Native
29 Apr 18, 00:46
If, like me, you're one of those sad fucks who doesn't have a side at the World Cup, who will you be shouting for?

I'd like to see France win it then I would like to see Morocco, Tunisia and Mexico (I have no connection whatsoever with Mexico so I don't know why them) do well. I would love to see Mexico get it together one day and win the World Cup because it's a country which is insane about football. If a CONCACAF team is ever to win the World Cup, I hope it's them and not the USA where it would barely register.
I just want all of them to lose... ;)

indro1908
29 Apr 18, 10:43
i curse higuan to have a shit sshow at world cup and for every rube players that go to the world cup

crzdcolombian
03 May 18, 16:39
https://scontent-frx5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/31390044_1766837903403632_3116401830158925824_n.jp g?_nc_cat=0&_nc_eui2=v1%3AAeErPhlKokw7KQjPeaOp2s5qeNiGTzFLb7ij uN-nsJKiD0PcJ-yJBJwd7zWu-8Ybp5owPh9T-YSl8TIzuqpgUQ_xKRHuA6vu5Au5Ytbe2hu1Qw&oh=17e1a72cfd5470513a1ff33bff194ce7&oe=5B668132
ANTI INTER ARGIE LAND...NO ICARDI OR MARTINEZ
GET FUCKED MORONS!

No Franco Armani :) hope he gets called up for Colombia then!!!

Dude is a fking OP GK. He is a OG. I have no idea why they aren’t calling him ! He left Colombia to play for River now they aren’t a shit Club any more because this guy is like playing with 2 GKs!!! Fact he not even on as a 3rd is fking insulting!!

Argie Defense and GK are sub par but that’s because they don’t call better options. Wonder why they don’t try the Bayern formation where it’s like let’s play with 5 strikers, 1 goalie, 1 DM, 2 attacking Wingbacks and 2 CBs.

Sassuolu
09 May 18, 09:58
I really think with Argentina's lack of defense and goalkeeper, they're gonna have a hard time in the world cup, although I really want to see Messi left the cup.

Adriano@10
09 May 18, 10:27
I really think with Argentina's lack of defense and goalkeeper, they're gonna have a hard time in the world cup, although I really want to see Messi left the cup.
I really think it s all in messis hands(feet) if he stops being a fucking diva for Argie and puts him selfe at the service of the team (like CR did in the EC) then i think they do have good chance of winning it. Not to sure how big the odds of that are though.

Matt90
09 May 18, 13:42
I don't think they've any chance, their team is old, slow and lacks any dynamism. I would be surprised if they got past the second round.

Armes
10 May 18, 06:45
If, like me, you're one of those sad fucks who doesn't have a side at the World Cup, who will you be shouting for?

I've been a sad fuck ever since Ronaldo's last match in 2006... feelsbadman. I don't really care much for Brazil anymore either. In all honesty, it'd be thrilling to watch the lowest underdog get it. I feel like we're in a mediocre state of eras at the moment. No glorious teams, no exceptionally breathtaking talent to sit back and truly go "wow!".

So best thing for me is a complete surprise. If that happens, it's going to be a good World Cup.

Sassuolu
10 May 18, 06:49
Meh I just support the Inter players.

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Wow we're going to have just 4 players at this WC right?

Peppino
10 May 18, 12:53
Meh I just support the Inter players.

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Wow we're going to have just 4 players at this WC right?

Perisic, Brozovic, Miranda, Vecino all almost certainly. Joao Cancelo and Icardi possibly. Joao Mario, Nagatomo, Murillo and Kondogbia possibly and at the moment they're only out on loan so technically they're still Inter players.

Sassuolu
11 May 18, 08:34
Yeah think Cancelo will go, wasnt he already starting for Portugal?

firmino
11 May 18, 09:44
He has showed that he is one of the best players in the world in his role. His goal coming to Inter was to have the opportunity to play as a full back (rather than as a wing, like he was deployed by Marcelino) and conquer a spot in the starting line-up of his national team. He has certainly won it.

monster09
11 May 18, 10:10
Yeah think Cancelo will go, wasnt he already starting for Portugal?

I think Cedric was their fullback and Nelson Semedo was also in contention. IIRC Cedric is their first choice and coach's favourite.

monster09
18 May 18, 13:46
Former UEFA president Michel Platini has claimed "a little trickery" was used in the 1998 World Cup draw to increase the chances of France and Brazil meeting in the final.

Platini is currently serving a four-year ban from involvement in football - reduced twice from an original eight-year sanction - after he was found guilty of receiving a "disloyal payment" from then-FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

The former France and Juventus playmaker was a co-president of the organising committee at France 98 and admitted the group allocations for seeded teams were made with an eye on a "dream" final.

Brazil were placed in Group A, as was the standard practice at the time for the defending champions, with France then allocated to Group C - meaning if both teams won their groups, they could not meet before the final.

That was how it turned out, with France triumphing 3-0 at the Stade de France with two goals from Zinedine Zidane.

"France-Brazil in the final, it was the dream of everyone," Platini told radio station France Bleu Sport in an interview to be broadcast in full on Sunday.

The 62-year-old was laughing as he added: "There was a little trickery.

"We did not spend six years organising the World Cup to not do some little shenanigans. Do you think other World Cup hosts did not?"

While teams had been allocated to specific groups at previous tournaments, it had typically been to keep countries from the same confederation separate while at Italia 90, the six top seeds were assigned to groups A to F in order.

England were placed in the "London group" at both the 1966 World Cup and Euro 96, ensuring they would play all their games at Wembley.

http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11095/11377460/michel-platini-claims-a-little-trickery-was-used-at-the-160world-cup-draw

Devious
18 May 18, 19:09
It's just a coincidence that a juve's legend is a scum bag who takes trickery and match fixing so lightly as he's used to it. No need for conspiracy BS :):thumbsup:

crzdcolombian
18 May 18, 19:31
It's just a coincidence that a juve's legend is a scum bag who takes trickery and match fixing so lightly as he's used to it. No need for conspiracy BS :):thumbsup:

They also drugged Fat Ronaldo or gave him
Food poisoning before the final :)

Fk France and their cheating.... we call dibs on all Africa asses

brehme1989
19 May 18, 00:28
Well, this is the same Juve legend that was celebrating like crazy in a cemetery when they were given a mercy penalty that was at least 1 meter outside of the area, making it their first European Cup...

This is also the same person that ruined European continental football by giving favourable treatment and regulations for shit hole FAs like Belarus, Cyprus, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan among others at the expense of middle clubs which as an effect destroyed the 'middle class' of European football and allowing 6-7 clubs to pretty much buy out everyone else.

F7GO
21 May 18, 16:12
Spain leave out Morata, Fabregas, Marcos Alonso and Bellerin

https://twitter.com/squawkanews/status/998521777482498048?s=21

Howl
21 May 18, 19:52
Danny Welbeck is going to the world cup :lol:

Wow.

F7GO
21 May 18, 23:11
With all the squads announced, Iíll throw out my personal rankings. I think thereís like an 85% chance the tournament will be won by one of Spain, Germany, France or Brazil with the rest of the field basically having a 15% chance. With that said, this my ranking for contenders going in-


Spain/Germany
France/Brazil
(very big gap)

Belgium/Argentina/Portugal/Croatia

Poland/Colombia/England/Uruguay/Switzerland

Denmark
Morocco/Peru/Mexico/Egypt
Serbia/Nigeria/Senegal/Iran/Iceland/Costa Rica
Australia/Russia/South Korea/Japan
Tunisia/Saudi Arabia/Panama

ADRossi
21 May 18, 23:54
I agree with most of that. I have Brazil ahead of Spain, England ahead of Belgium/Portugal, and Serbia closer to Denmark.

crzdcolombian
22 May 18, 00:49
With all the squads announced, Iíll throw out my personal rankings. I think thereís like an 85% chance the tournament will be won by one of Spain, Germany, France or Brazil with the rest of the field basically having a 15% chance. With that said, this my ranking for contenders going in-


Spain/Germany
France/Brazil
(very big gap)

Belgium/Argentina/Portugal/Croatia

Poland/Colombia/England/Uruguay/Switzerland

Denmark
Morocco/Peru/Mexico/Egypt
Serbia/Nigeria/Senegal/Iran/Iceland/Costa Rica
Australia/Russia/South Korea/Japan
Tunisia/Saudi Arabia/Panama

Peru beat Croatia 2-0(Peru didnít have their best player) then beat iceland 3-1
Mexico is much much better then Peru

Colombia beat France 3-2 in France. Colombia is better then Belgium we donít have EPL guys but our last game we beat them there

Regardless


Germany




Massive gap
Brazil/Spain





Huge gap
Mexico, Colombia, Uruguay, France, Belgium, Argentina



Massive gap
Doesnít matter they donít have a shot

ADRossi
22 May 18, 00:57
Oh stop it with Mexico. We all know they won't get past the round of 16

F7GO
22 May 18, 01:34
Representatives of Peru’s 3 World Cup group opponents sign letter to FIFA asking for Peru star to be reinstated

https://www.fotmob.com/news/world/1fprflg1228631uus9vctyddp7-Lloris,%20Jedinak%20and%20Kjaer%20ask%20FIFA%20to% 20allow%20Guerrero%20to%20play%20at%20World%20Cup

crzdcolombian
22 May 18, 01:48
Representatives of Peru’s 3 World Cup group opponents sign letter to FIFA asking for Peru star to be reinstated

https://www.fotmob.com/news/world/1fprflg1228631uus9vctyddp7-Lloris,%20Jedinak%20and%20Kjaer%20ask%20FIFA%20to% 20allow%20Guerrero%20to%20play%20at%20World%20Cup

It’s bullshit they banned him for basically no reason. He proved he didn’t do it.

Peru can def be 2018s Costa Rica

Def think they will be 2nd in their group. Stronger then Denmark and way stronger then Australia

F7GO
22 May 18, 01:53
It’s bullshit they banned him for basically no reason. He proved he didn’t do it.

Peru can def be 2018s Costa Rica

Def think they will be 2nd in their group. Stronger then Denmark and way stronger then Australia

It’s definitely a great show of sportsmanship from Peru’s group opponents.

crzdcolombian
22 May 18, 02:12
Itís definitely a great show of sportsmanship from Peruís group opponents.

Colombia is not taking Cardona for what he did in the friendly lost to South Korea. He did the Asian eye gesture and that will keep
Him out of the cup. Super surprised honestly he is probably our 5th best player. He scored 3 major last minute goals in qualifiers that gave us 9 points. He also scored the tying goal against Spain.

Very shocking. He is also Boca Juniors play maker. Not official but Because our federation was retarded and only got 1 friendly before the WC he will not be able to play till the last 16.

I found this on youtube :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZZ5DwE7eUc

Matt90
22 May 18, 12:30
Spain leave out Morata, Fabregas, Marcos Alonso and Bellerin

https://twitter.com/squawkanews/status/998521777482498048?s=21


Iím more surprised Luis Alberto doesnít get a chance, heís been the form Spanish midfielder for months. Fabregas and BellerŪn havenít been called for a couple of years.

wera
22 May 18, 19:32
Lautaro Martinez and Icardi not being in this World Cup is good for us. Let them take a rest and destroy Serie A when the time comes to start the season.

F7GO
22 May 18, 23:14
Sergio Romero ruled out for Argentina

https://www.fotmob.com/news/world/1856sqr3xn2qm1ega7q4eewis8-BREAKING%20NEWS%3A%20Argentina%20rule%20Romero%20o ut%20of%20World%20Cup

K.I.
22 May 18, 23:34
Martinez is young, he will have more chances. Icardi to him its a blow though, the next one will be when he is 29.

ADRossi
23 May 18, 00:04
Sergio Romero ruled out for Argentina

https://www.fotmob.com/news/world/1856sqr3xn2qm1ega7q4eewis8-BREAKING%20NEWS%3A%20Argentina%20rule%20Romero%20o ut%20of%20World%20Cup

Maybe Icardi can play in goal for them

crzdcolombian
23 May 18, 01:07
Sergio Romero ruled out for Argentina

https://www.fotmob.com/news/world/1856sqr3xn2qm1ega7q4eewis8-BREAKING%20NEWS%3A%20Argentina%20rule%20Romero%20o ut%20of%20World%20Cup

Franco Armani!!!!! It’s your chance homie!!!

thatdude
23 May 18, 12:16
Damn sucks for Sergio romero, basically playing for Argentina is all he does

Sassuolu
25 May 18, 07:03
Considering the exciting season of club football I think this is going to be a disappointment.

crzdcolombian
25 May 18, 12:31
Will be the last great World Cup. After this it will be 48 teams and not worth watching. Even with 32 I feel at least 6-10 teams are garbage. So to make the WC better they will add 16 more garbage teams

Just an excuse for rich shitty countries like US, China and Canada to make the big dance. Instead of just letting them get better and qualifying on their own merit. Not like they are in a hard qualification zone

brehme1989
25 May 18, 12:45
Last great World Cup was back in 1998 with many great teams. 2002, too tainted but at least Ronaldo made it worthwhile, 2006 most teams were bad but at least Italy won. 2010 there was too much buzzing in my ears and 2014 was okayish at best. 2018 will be similar to 2014 imo.

They also ruined the Euro. Those 16 team tournamnets were great every time.

Zoro
28 May 18, 07:28
Doesn't anybody here love the world cup but dislike how short it is? When I like something I just wish it could go on longer, so whilst I understand having extra teams may mean more crappier teams (although not a guarantee). I also believe that the same good teams will play each other eventually anyway - with only one extra match in the way btw that's literally all 1 game more. There will be more chances of some upsets happening - I love an underdog ffs or why would I support, love and cry for Inter all these years, we are the Resistance! Finally just more damn world cup increasing my enjoyment, it ends as quick as it starts ffs. Plus maybe Italy can qualify now (Turkey too!) :lol:

Sassuolu
28 May 18, 12:37
2014 was enjoyable tbh, 1998 was my favourite World Cup but it's nostalgia so it's always better.

Considering the high level in club football we can't expect internationals to be that great, there's honestly no team I'm excited to watch but hey hopefully Iceland will do well and our boys can do well.

We've got Brozo, Perisic, Vecino and Miranda right?

Black Knight
28 May 18, 12:43
1998 was my favourite World Cup but it's nostalgia so it's always better.

But I thought you guys lost the final in the 98 World Cup?

Native
28 May 18, 15:36
Iceland all the way. :strong:

ElDiego22
28 May 18, 16:05
https://scontent.fnbo2-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/fr/cp0/e15/q65/33743054_1150045161802208_6445346035425345536_n.jp g?_nc_cat=0&oh=aa26b74618f2f811e40c231831bc8b51&oe=5B79CFD4

I didn't know this until today :lol:

Wings
29 May 18, 02:13
Doesn't anybody here love the world cup but dislike how short it is? When I like something I just wish it could go on longer, so whilst I understand having extra teams may mean more crappier teams (although not a guarantee). I also believe that the same good teams will play each other eventually anyway - with only one extra match in the way btw that's literally all 1 game more. There will be more chances of some upsets happening - I love an underdog ffs or why would I support, love and cry for Inter all these years, we are the Resistance! Finally just more damn world cup increasing my enjoyment, it ends as quick as it starts ffs. Plus maybe Italy can qualify now (Turkey too!) :lol:

Tbh I would rather have quality matches between good teams. Upsets are nice because of their rarity. It wouldn't be as good if they were happening all over the place.

Sassuolu
29 May 18, 08:55
But I thought you guys lost the final in the 98 World Cup?

A great footballing nation can also accept defeat.

Zoro
29 May 18, 14:09
Tbh I would rather have quality matches between good teams. Upsets are nice because of their rarity. It wouldn't be as good if they were happening all over the place.

But that's going to happen regardless. You'll just have to wait one more match before it, lemme enjoy the whole experience for a bit longer XD Also not like the "quality matches" have been great between top countries lately. 2014 for the big showdowns were actually abysmal, and the last Euros most enjoyable match for me was Germany vs Italy, I can't lie I didn't watch every game of that Euro but there were a lot of boring games.

firmino
29 May 18, 14:14
it has to be said that the average quality of national teams has icnreased a lot. 20 years ago you could gather, like, 20 teams at most which could play a decent level of football. now, you would easily find 40.

unfortunately, 2 or 3 teams always make it to the world cup final phase despite clearly being not up to the task.

but per se, imho, to increase the number of the participants makes sense

crzdcolombian
29 May 18, 17:41
Not trying to spam but if you are in the US and have T-Mobile today you can get a free pack of the Panini World Cup cards.

I know some of you were talking about collecting them. Didn’t know where else to give the heads up

ScottishInterista
29 May 18, 20:28
Used to love doing them as a kid. Doing them now would just lead me to buying boxes of them off the internet for 1 player

crzdcolombian
29 May 18, 20:36
Used to love doing them as a kid. Doing them now would just lead me to buying boxes of them off the internet for 1 player

Haha I only want James and pretty sure I can buy it online.

Bluenine
30 May 18, 18:17
Best Neglected XI
(i.e. Players not going to the World Cup even though their NT is going)


Icardi
Sane - Nainggolan - Payet
Can - Paredes
Alonso - Koscielny - Mustafi - Cancelo
Leno

Others: Romero, Alex Sandro, Bellerin, Smalling, Dani Alves, Kondogbia, Rabiot, Pastore, Rafinha, Luis Alberto, Suso, Martial, Morata, Ibrahimovic, Benzema

Lot of Inter players here. Did I miss someone really good? For me, Nainggolan, Alonso, Icardi, and Cancelo are the biggest shockers. Soares over Cancelo, in what world?

EDIT: Sane is dropped!

Wings
30 May 18, 18:45
Best Neglected XI
(i.e. Players dropped by their NT for World Cup, not including countries that did not qualify)


Icardi
Martial - Nainggolan - Payet
Can - Paredes
Alonso - Koscielny - Mustafi - Cancelo
Trapp*

Others: Romero, Alex Sandro, Bellerin, Smalling, Dani Alves, Kondogbia, Rabiot, Pastore, Rafinha, Luis Alberto, Suso, Morata, Ibrahimovic, Benzema

*Trapp is in the current 27, but expected to be dropped when Germany announce 23. If he is picked, whichever GK is dropped by Germany should take that place. Infact the other 3 players Germany drop will probably feature here somewhere.

Lot of Inter players here. Did I miss someone really good? For me, Nainggolan, Alonso, Icardi, and Cancelo are the biggest shockers. Soares over Cancelo, in what world?

Ibrahimovic was not neglected, he chose to retire. Don't know if Payet and Romero should count either, they are injured. I also don't know if there any better players, but I really don't think Koscielny, Mustafi, or Smalling are big misses.

FrancesR
08 Jun 18, 19:08
What's the word on Salah? Is he going to manage to recover from the CL finals injury? Egypt is pretty much a dead team without him so I hope he's going to be ready.

TwoFiddy
08 Jun 18, 21:08
Maybe Fabregas

ElDuccio
11 Jun 18, 16:54
Hype is ON! Even if Italy will be at home, im still curios to see what will happen in this weeks!



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAg60QJmIS0




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKi4BlO_ls8

:proud:

crzdcolombian
12 Jun 18, 04:09
http://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/23402874/world-cup-rank-espn-fc#!relatedstories

ESPN ranked the top players of the WC..... Falcao Law all you want..... James being 34 is utter bullshit !!! Top player in 2014 who only got better is 34 but Henry Kane is 5th !!! Not even going to mention the rage mode it sent me over Falcao being 48th!!!

chipschups
12 Jun 18, 10:50
http://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/23402874/world-cup-rank-espn-fc#!relatedstories

ESPN ranked the top players of the WC..... Falcao Law all you want..... James being 34 is utter bullshit !!! Top player in 2014 who only got better is 34 but Henry Kane is 5th !!! Not even going to mention the rage mode it sent me over Falcao being 48th!!!

Crzd, who do you think gonna be stsrting line up for colombia in wc? Whos is gonna scored◊assist more? Did jsmes will regain his world cup form back? How did arias chances to play?

*need some research for my fantasy team

crzdcolombian
12 Jun 18, 14:05
Colombia plays

4-3-2-1

---------------Falcao-----------
Izquerido/Muriel-----------------Cuadrado
----James-----C.Sanchez-------Uribe
Arias----Mina-----D.Sanchez---Mojica
---------Ospina-----------------

Mina our CB scores a lot
Arias and Mojica are great at crossing and are known to score goals. Fabra starting Lb broke his knee this weekend. So Mojica will replace him.

Only player that will start that I say dont pick is Carlos Sanchez he can't pass or score

My 3 colombians are Falcao, James and Arias. Uribe is a great choice as is Davison Sanchez if you need a defender.

I expect at least 4 games. Tho will be disappointed if we don’t get pass England or Belgium.

After that who knows maybe we can beat Germany 1/100 times and that can be our 1 time haha.

Colombia is super super weak in the air, when teams are crossing against us. We also either go into the game a sleep like against France last month or are out of gas the last 15 minutes.

I would love us to win this thing but the team also seem to shit it’s pants against historical teams. Only teams I see above us are Germany and Brazil. Argentina is in the same boat as us either godlike or shit.

We played Spain, Belgium, France in their countries and did very well 2 wins, 1 tie. Not saying they can’t beat us. But it’s not as clear cut as many of you who only watch euro leagues think.

My recommendation is but Peruvian players. They will have a huge World Cup. Mark my words

brehme1989
12 Jun 18, 18:36
James being 34 is utter bullshit !!! Top player in 2014 who only got better is 34 but Henry Kane is 5th !!!

:lol: :lol: Kane 5th :lol: :lol:

ElDuccio
12 Jun 18, 19:18
I would love us to win this thing but the team also seem to shit itís pants against historical teams. Only teams I see above us are Germany and Brazil. Argentina is in the same boat as us either godlike or shit.



I think the best teams this year are Brazil and Spain.


Germany and France are overrated, we already saw them in Euro 2016 and they dont improved.

crzdcolombian
12 Jun 18, 20:42
Spain to me don’t have a striker

I really hope it’s a new winner. As long as it’s not Mexico can’t stand telemundo. They would take about it till the end of time.

Or England because in the US that’s the only NT people know. They are like is Germany better then England. I know Brazil and England are the best. I am just like go away

ADRossi
12 Jun 18, 20:49
Diego Costa hasn't really performed that great for Spain, so I'm curious how much of a leash they give him before Aspas gets a shot.

CoolMan44
12 Jun 18, 21:05
I actually think they may go with Rodrigo as the striker.

ElDuccio
12 Jun 18, 21:11
Spain to me don’t have a striker

I really hope it’s a new winner. As long as it’s not Mexico can’t stand telemundo. They would take about it till the end of time.

Or England because in the US that’s the only NT people know. They are like is Germany better then England. I know Brazil and England are the best. I am just like go away

Its not impossibile but its really hard to see a "suprise-winner". Did this even ever happen in the world cup history? Specialy Messico would be a big suprise to me that never happend in World Cup. Same as Belgium. But teams like England or Uruguay are still a small suprise if we consider how many teams are more favorite then them.

I think Spain is underrated (while like already said , Germany and France overrated)

firmino
12 Jun 18, 22:10
No, underdogs have never won the world cup.

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i'd say the closest it was to that happening:

. the u.s.a. were third in 1930, along with jugoslavia. surprising for the former and so remote in time that it needs some investigation through the newspapers of those days before being able to tell anything, i won't venture...

i certainly don't think we can't call hungary an underdog for their final in 1954, they were even the favourite team for the title. more or less same for austria, which were in semifinal in 1934, but it's known that it was a very good team back then.

- sweden, final in 1958. but then again, it was the world cup in their country (which at those times was a very important factor) and sweden wasn't much of an underdog, since they had reached the semifinal twice in previous editions.

- Czechoslovakia, final in 1962. but same as sweden: they were a very good team and had been third in the previous Eurocup and second in the following Olympic games.

- poland was third in 1974 and 1982.

- belgium 4th in 1986

- in 1994 sweden and bulgaria reached the semifinal

- croatia, 1998, third.

- in 2002 turkey and south korea reached the semifinal (we might have to discuss about the latter though)

IAmNotDam
13 Jun 18, 04:19
Spain to me don’t have a striker

I really hope it’s a new winner. As long as it’s not Mexico can’t stand telemundo. They would take about it till the end of time.

Or England because in the US that’s the only NT people know. They are like is Germany better then England. I know Brazil and England are the best. I am just like go away

The British media talk about 1966 as if it was 1968 right now instead of 2018... I pray that I do not see them win a World Cup in my life time.

monster09
13 Jun 18, 06:01
The British media talk about 1966 as if it was 1968 right now instead of 2018... I pray that I do not see them win a World Cup in my life time.

Which media? All I have seen is, how this team lack experience and will be good for their experience, like building the team for future. Just because one or two random clown pundits says something doesn't mean the media talks like they are the best.

If you see England fans reactions, they have low expectations on this team.

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Diego Costa hasn't really performed that great for Spain, so I'm curious how much of a leash they give him before Aspas gets a shot.

Yeah Rodrigo or Aspas should be their striker. Costa can be their back up plan.

IAmNotDam
13 Jun 18, 07:16
Which media? All I have seen is, how this team lack experience and will be good for their experience, like building the team for future. Just because one or two random clown pundits says something doesn't mean the media talks like they are the best.

If you see England fans reactions, they have low expectations on this team.

The country still celebrates winning the Jules Rimet like it was yesterday. Even the Scottish first minister made a joke a few days ago about how she'd like to see England win the world cup so they'd stop talking about 1966.

The media is ruthless when it comes to the current squad. And when I think back, the English press have always been stupidly harsh on the players. Even when England had a pretty strong squad in the mid 2000s, the media still hounded the players. Listen to most pundits talk, or analysis of England's chances in the World Cup and they'll eventually mention the World Cup in 1966. Maybe when the press lets go of that dusty old Jules Rimet trophy, they may cut the players some slack and let them play with less stress and they may even deliver a solid performance. From a standpoint of not having a favourable view of the English national team, I'm happy enough to see the press sabotage the team every 4 years. :P

monster09
13 Jun 18, 07:24
The country still celebrates winning the Jules Rimet like it was yesterday. Even the Scottish first minister made a joke a few days ago about how she'd like to see England win the world cup so they'd stop talking about 1966.

The media is ruthless when it comes to the current squad. And when I think back, the English press have always been stupidly harsh on the players. Even when England had a pretty strong squad in the mid 2000s, the media still hounded the players. Listen to most pundits talk, or analysis of England's chances in the World Cup and they'll eventually mention the World Cup in 1966. Maybe when the press lets go of that dusty old Jules Rimet trophy, they may cut the players some slack and let them play with less stress and they may even deliver a solid performance. From a standpoint of not having a favourable view of the English national team, I'm happy enough to see the press sabotage the team every 4 years. :P

I don't see anything wrong with them talking about 1966, it's their only win in major competitions. Apart from this, they didn't even make finals of either World cup or Euros. So I don't see problem with them celebrating their major success or talking about 1966 whenever world cup starts.

Media are usually harsh on players and also try to bring out any controversial stories for their clicks. Some pundits are just clueless wankers like Paul merson and few others but in general journalists don't have high hopes on their squad. Now and then they try to come up with positive article going by how good the mood in the camp is and how these young players are close to each other.

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Anyways world cup without Italy and Netherlands is so bit boring.

ScottishInterista
13 Jun 18, 10:49
Spain completely shooting themselves in the foot here. For those OTL the spanish coach has moved to Madrid and was originally not going to be announced until after the WC. Unfortunately for Spain, non-madrid players found out about the deal and so the FA forced Madrid to announce the deal to limit unrest. Now the president is furious that the coach left and has been threatening to fire the coach before their first game vs Portugal. Press conference at 11.30

Kev9Inter
13 Jun 18, 11:05
Lopetegui sacked as Spain Coach

ElDiego22
13 Jun 18, 11:07
Lopetegui sacked as Spain Coach

LOL!!!!!! Time to take Isco and Koke off my WC FF team.

Il Drago
13 Jun 18, 11:10
Julen Lopetegui sacked as Spain manager after accepting Real Madrid job

Julen Lopetegui has been removed as Spain manager a day after it emerged that he had agreed to take over at Real Madrid after the World Cup.

Lopetegui has signed a three-year deal to succeed Zinedine Zidane with the Champions League holders and it was decided that in the circumstances it was inappropriate for him to continue with Spain.

The Spanish Football Association president, Luis Rubiales, was supposed to be at Fifa’s congress in Moscow on Wednesday but flew to Spain’s training base late on Tuesday night to deal with the matter.

“We have been forced to dispense with the national coach. We wish him the greatest of luck,” said Rubiales.

“The negotiations have occurred without any information to the Spanish FA and we were informed just five minutes before the press release. There’s a way to act that needs to be fulfilled.”

Spain play their first Group B match against Portugal on Friday evening.
https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jun/13/julen-lopetegui-sacked-spain-manager-real-madrid-job?CMP=twt_gu&__twitter_impression=true&__twitter_impression=true&__twitter_impression=true

ScottishInterista
13 Jun 18, 11:10
What a fucking shit show

ElDuccio
13 Jun 18, 11:19
what the fuck... i was starting to say how much Spain is underrated and then.. oh fuck, this world cup has even not started and we already have to see such strange things man :lol:

FCBarca
13 Jun 18, 11:22
All those years of collusion with Flo & RM, love the laughing stock that is the RFEF

ElDuccio
13 Jun 18, 11:27
2 years preparing a world cup and then exactly 3 days before the first world cup match... what the fuck :lol:

Il Drago
13 Jun 18, 11:37
According to Sky Italia, Quique Setiťn, Real Betis coach, is the favourite to replace him.

Azul
13 Jun 18, 11:39
Lopetegui sacked, will probably receive a lot of money, will coach Madrid most likely will be sacked before the end of the season, will get a ton of money again. This guy canīs stop winning.

ElDiego22
13 Jun 18, 11:41
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/proxy/lY4DyrkiG0CI5XMQADXU-1bWHbcrqNuTTm2mj9hjrY-wNllghUBO3sfBfgF9LnuTNUDQGPQ7rwhb2slVNH-JAOw4STcCk90QI0Sl_UkkRgS2L7sRpwhpkVA8upUsR9l1PaSe9 qXEzG_1eW6jauVtjl4=w498-h278-nc

FCBarca
13 Jun 18, 11:49
2 years preparing a world cup and then exactly 3 days before the first world cup match... what the fuck :lol:

Don't forget he just extended his contract less than 3 weeks ago with RFEF too

F7GO
13 Jun 18, 11:53
Gong show. Hopefully for the rest of the field it has the same effect on them as Scolari announced as Chelsea boss had on Portugal in 2008.

ElDiego22
13 Jun 18, 12:01
US-Canada-Mexico will host the 2026 World Cup. What a day for clusterfucks.

Sokrates
13 Jun 18, 12:06
US-Canada-Mexico will host the 2026 World Cup. What a day for clusterfucks.

I'm personally not a fan of a tournament in 2-3 countries.

ScottishInterista
13 Jun 18, 12:15
I'm personally not a fan of a tournament in 2-3 countries.

People complained about the 2020 Euros being all over Europe but this is over an even larger area. And tickets are an average of $430 which is insane

Native
13 Jun 18, 12:24
Aaand of course it goes to 3 friggin' countries. Lmao I hope they arrange something for fans traveling between those three countries because that's gonna be one insanely expensive joke, not to mention the jetlag players might have when they gotta fly half a day from one freaking continent to another and back again, just to get to their next matches. So fucking stupid.
But hey these countries combined offered a much larger sack of cash than Morocco and that's what counts for scummy fifa in the end, right? Because adding 50 million to the 324091309 million they've already got is so much better than adding 10 million to their 324091309 million. Fucking joke.

Also what the fuck is Spain thinking? Their chances were so good, this coach has never lost a game with them and now they make this ridiculous move... I suppose they don't want to win anymore! Van Gaal announced he would be coaching ManU after the WC '14 right before it started - he wasn't fired and look what he brought, probably the best run/coaching in his career. Coach can't be happy or clear about his upcoming career stuff anymore?? Astoundingly stupid dick move, but hey that's what we have the Spanish for.

ADRossi
13 Jun 18, 12:36
Why would you give a World Cup to a country that has no stadiums in match-ready condition, when you have another bid that has over 20 stadiums ready to go? Look at the Qatar disaster. This was a no-brainer.

Native
13 Jun 18, 12:55
Why would you give a World Cup to a country that has no stadiums in match-ready condition, when you have another bid that has over 20 stadiums ready to go? Look at the Qatar disaster. This was a no-brainer.
Because match-ready stadiums are erected faster than Pimpin's cock, because it saves fans thousands upon thousands of bucks in traveling and ticket costs, because it also saves players many hours of traveling and keeps them healthier and more fit, literally resulting in more attractive games? Morocco is also in no way like Qatar... It would have put them on the map too. Stupid, ridiculous and predictable decision imo.

Not to mention how the USA had a WC relatively short time ago and it's still the country that manages to taint the sport by naming it soccer.

monster09
13 Jun 18, 12:57
Fernando Hierro is the new coach of Spain

crzdcolombian
13 Jun 18, 12:59
US-Canada-Mexico will host the 2026 World Cup. What a day for clusterfucks.

Donít get why Canada in it. Mexico/Us are big enough and rich enough to host themselves

Also with all the crazy stuff the US is doing. Nazis popping up in the Us for them to get the WC is alarming. They sued fifa for being bribed.... yet they magically get this

They hosted the last Copa Amťrica as a invited team!!! Pretty sure they bribed South America to allow that. Just like Mexico use to bribe us to allow them into our champions league

Sassuolu
13 Jun 18, 13:00
Wait a minute, what I don;t understand is how the Spain manager who's under contract with the national team can just up and leave Spain and join Real with the FA not knowing jackshit till 5 minutes before the announcement.

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Don’t get why Canada in it. Mexico/Us are big enough and rich enough to host themselves

Also with all the crazy stuff the US is doing. Nazis popping up in the Us for them to get the WC is alarming. They sued fifa for being bribed.... yet they magically get this

They hosted the last Copa Amťrica as a invited team!!! Pretty sure they bribed South America to allow that. Just like Mexico use to bribe us to allow them into our champions league

The closer a country goes down the fascist rabbit hole the easier it is for it to get a World Cup, just look at Russia and Qatar.

Adriano@10
13 Jun 18, 13:16
LOL so daddy Yankee is still a thing!

Adriano@10
13 Jun 18, 13:25
Don’t get why Canada in it. Mexico/Us are big enough and rich enough to host themselves

Also with all the crazy stuff the US is doing. Nazis popping up in the Us for them to get the WC is alarming. They sued fifa for being bribed.... yet they magically get this

They hosted the last Copa Amťrica as a invited team!!! Pretty sure they bribed South America to allow that. Just like Mexico use to bribe us to allow them into our champions league

LOL as if fifa would care about ethical stuff. The us is in way better shape than Qatar and russia and in any way so if it s ok to give a wc to these two then i dont see why the us should not get it because of ethical stuff.
Anyway my question is will all 3 hosts be automatically qualified?

Also what the fuck is spain thinkig why fire the coach 1 day before the tournament starts?

ADRossi
13 Jun 18, 15:07
LOL as if fifa would care about ethical stuff. The us is in way better shape than Qatar and russia and in any way so if it s ok to give a wc to these two then i dont see why the us should not get it because of ethical stuff.
Anyway my question is will all 3 hosts be automatically qualified?

Also what the fuck is spain thinkig why fire the coach 1 day before the tournament starts?

Yes, all three will automatically qualify. They take away from CONCACAF's team allotment though; i.e. the other nations in CONCACAF are fighting for less spots. Probably not a big deal because Mexico is a lock to qualify, and the U.S. probably would have. Canada will have no business being there though.

CoolMan44
13 Jun 18, 15:39
Serbia vs. Canada in the group stage please.

ScottishInterista
13 Jun 18, 16:04
Wait a minute, what I don;t understand is how the Spain manager who's under contract with the national team can just up and leave Spain and join Real with the FA not knowing jackshit till 5 minutes before the announcement.

Every employee in spain has a buyout clause that can be bought out at any time.


Having 6 CONCAF teams is a joke though for that World Cup. Considering the teams who will miss out from Europe and then youll have Jamaica and trinidad and Tobago

ADRossi
13 Jun 18, 16:33
Every employee in spain has a buyout clause that can be bought out at any time.


Having 6 CONCAF teams is a joke though for that World Cup. Considering the teams who will miss out from Europe and then youll have Jamaica and trinidad and Tobago

This is a separate argument imo, one that centers around the asinine idea of expanding the WC from 32 teams to 48 teams. Every WC, I can say with confidence that only 5-7 countries, at most, have a prayer of winning the thing. Yet FIFA decided to further dilute the pool. 8 Asian teams? 9 African teams? Its just ridiculous what a 48 team WC will do in watering down the competition even more.

Who knows, maybe Italy will actually be able to qualify for it with 48 teams.

Fapuccino
13 Jun 18, 18:20
Super excited for this. Final will prob be in Pasadena.

firmino
13 Jun 18, 18:25
i have heard it will be near new york

brehme1989
13 Jun 18, 19:27
How the fuck is that going to work? Are they going to use the Western coast of each country or the whole thing?

From Monterrey to Toronto, then to Seatle and then off to Miami for the next round? This is absurd.

Qatar makes too much sense when you put it next to this fucked up decision and the Euro 2020.

crzdcolombian
13 Jun 18, 19:59
Super excited for this. Final will prob be in Pasadena.

Can’t wait for the go back to your shithole country posters and Nazi salutes against Brown and Asian teams !!!

Colombia scores its goal and the US fans chanting go back to Mexico!!!

CoolMan44
13 Jun 18, 20:04
How the fuck is that going to work? Are they going to use the Western coast of each country or the whole thing?

From Monterrey to Toronto, then to Seatle and then off to Miami for the next round? This is absurd.

Qatar makes too much sense when you put it next to this fucked up decision and the Euro 2020.

Not really, at least for Canada. Most sources say the games will be in Edmonton, Toronto, and Montreal.

Matt90
13 Jun 18, 20:06
I’m probably in the wrong thread but I can’t find it. Where and what is the World Cup fantasy football league name?

Azul
13 Jun 18, 22:25
I’m probably in the wrong thread but I can’t find it. Where and what is the World Cup fantasy football league name?

http://forzainterforums.com/showthread.php?14279-Fantasy-Football-World-Cup-2018

ADRossi
13 Jun 18, 23:34
World Cup 2022: Qatar's workers are not workers, they are slaves, and they are building mausoleums, not stadiums

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/international/world-cup-2022-qatars-workers-slaves-building-mausoleums-stadiums-modern-slavery-kafala-a7980816.html

Old news, but I'm going to leave this here.

F7GO
14 Jun 18, 00:35
The final will be at the MetLife stadium in East Rutherford New Jersey

Kakaroto
14 Jun 18, 01:53
He’s bigger than ever now.

firmino
14 Jun 18, 09:13
i'm sorry for the guys here who are from saudi arabia, but you really have the worst team of the 32. i have watched the friendly match against italy and i was negatively impressed by how clueless s.a. were under a tactical point of view.

if italy won merely 2-1, it's because right now we are a mediocre team ourselves.

i think russia will win today.

phonk
14 Jun 18, 11:23
I can't be the only one who doesn't have a clue what the World Cup song is this year :yao2:

rsz85
14 Jun 18, 11:36
i'm sorry for the guys here who are from saudi arabia, but you really have the worst team of the 32. i have watched the friendly match against italy and i was negatively impressed by how clueless s.a. were under a tactical point of view.

if italy won merely 2-1, is because right now we are a mediocre team ourselves.

i think russia will win today.

Some days later Germany beat them, only 2-1 there. So i smell today a 2-1 home win. this is a must win game for them. if not, they will be out of the group and WC already after the opening game.

firmino
14 Jun 18, 13:14
anyways, i can't wait. i'm a sucker for world cup.

Devious
14 Jun 18, 15:33
Robbie Williams mother fuckers :proud: :slick:

firmino
14 Jun 18, 15:33
salah will be a starter from the first match, against uruguay. cuper said this

Devious
14 Jun 18, 15:37
Let meeeeeeee entertain yaaao :boogy:

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salah will be a starter from the first match, against uruguay. cuper said this

He wont complete the game, Uruguay players are the dirtiest in the business, they know how to stop him in the first 10 minutes. It'll only take one 'legal' shoulder-to-shoulder contact.

Wow Robbie Williams man :heart:

ElDiego22
14 Jun 18, 15:44
Robbie Williams still a thing? :lol:

Devious
14 Jun 18, 15:46
Yeah I thought he's dead, but he's still awesome :lol:

I4E
14 Jun 18, 15:47
If England win the World Cup, I'll eat Fitzy's dick.

My bet is on Germany.

ElDiego22
14 Jun 18, 15:49
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DfqNZ0dW4AANsac?format=jpg

:lol:

Devious
14 Jun 18, 16:28
Yeah I brust out in laughter :lol: legend :proud: